December 14, 2021| By

Toasted Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
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Nutty, chocolatey, and creamy - this Toasted Hazelnut Hot Cocoa will keep you warm all winter long. It's super easy to make and an awesome way to elevate your traditional hot cocoa!

Wintery drinks are always good for the soul. Check out this rich and creamy Homemade Eggnog! While. you're at it, you dont want to miss this Holly Jolly Christmas Sangria!

hot chocolate in a cup topped with whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts

call all chocolate lovers!

To all of my chocolate lovers, this one's for you! This Toasted Hazelnut Hot Cocoa is SO good. Warm milk and cocoa powder with a little dark chocolate and hazelnut cream come together to make this hot cocoa unforgettable. I also added a little nutmeg for good measure.

To top it off, I toasted some hazelnuts in butter, cinnamon, and a pinch of brown sugar. Pour the hot cocoa into your cup, add a little whipped cream with the toasted hazelnut on top. And just - like Wow. Just wow. So good!

Also, for a boozy spin on a chocolate drink, try my chocolate cake shots and duck fart shots!

Toasted HAzelnut Hot Cocoa in a mug with hands holding the mug

what do i need to make toasted hazelnut hot cocoa?

  • Cocoa Powder - I used Guittard's Cocoa Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, however, any cocoa powder works!
  • Milk - Again, I used whole milk, however, you can use any kind of milk that you'd like!
  • Dark Chocolate Chips - this really deepens the chocolatey flavor! It also thickens the hot cocoa a bit and makes it nice and rich!
  • Sugar - for sweetness!
  • Hazelnut Creamer - to give the hot cocoa that nice nutty flavor. I tried both International Delight's Hazelnut Creamer and Califia Farm's Hazelnut Creamer and they both were delicious!
  • Hazelnuts - to toast and add on top!
  • Whipped Cream - because whipped cream makes everything better!
  • Vanilla Extract - for added flavor 🙂
four mugs of Toasted Hazelnut Hot Cocoa with spoons

how do you make toasted hazelnut hot cocoa?

Start by roughly chopping up the hazelnuts. Add butter to a large skillet and add the hazelnuts. Add cinnamon, pinch of salt, cinnamon, and a pinch of brown sugar.

Toast in the skillet for about 7-8 minutes over medium low heat. Remove from heat and let the hazelnuts cool for about 3 minutes. Rub them between your hands to remove the skin and set aside.

hot cocoa with pine cones next to the mug

In a large pot, add in the milk, cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, sugar, nutmeg, and pinch of salt.

Warm over medium low heat until chocolate chips are melted and mixture begins to bubble slightly - do not bring this to a boil.

Remove from heat and add in the vanilla extract and hazelnut creamer and stir together. Add to a cup, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle toasted hazelnuts on top 🙂

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hot cocoa with pine cones next to the mug

Toasted Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

Nutty, chocolatey, and creamy - this Toasted Hazelnut Hot Cocoa will keep you warm all winter! It's an awesome way to elevate your hot cocoa!
Serving: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Calories: 270kcal

Ingredients

Toasted Hazelnuts

  • 1 cup Hazelnut, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsps Salted Butter
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt

Hot Cocoa

  • ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 ½ cups Milk
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • ¾ cup Hazelnut Creamer
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • Whipped Cream

Directions

  • Roughly chop hazelnuts and place in a large skillet over medium low heat with butter, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Toast for 7-8 minutes, until hazelnuts begin to deepen in color. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large pot, add milk, cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, sugar, nutmeg, and pinch of salt over medium low heat. Stir occasionally until dark chocolate chips melt, do not bring to a boil. Remove from heat once warmed and all chocolate has melted. Add hazelnut creamer and vanilla extract.
  • Pour in a cup/mug and top with whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcal
Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Snacks
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    i went out and bought the hazelnut creamer to make this hot cocoa and it was so worth it. the nutty chocolate flavor reminded me of a ferroro rocher. needless to say it was delicious!!